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devon rex -diaphragmatic hernia

hi, i have recently lost my devon rex cat of 6 years, the vet said she had a diaphragmatic hernia. is this common in the breed as we would love to get another one later on. i am just a bit worried about it happening again. we are all so devastated about it, the house is so empty and qiuet. she was a real part of the family and part of our everyday lives. it is very hard not having her here, even her 16 year old burmese companion misses her terribly. we bought her body home and buried her under the gazebo and i know that no wants to move from here because she is there. they are such a unique breed, i used to breed siamese cats and burmese, but the devon rex personality is second to none.

even though she would claw our feet when you had socks on and climb up the curtains and sharpen her claws on everything, i would not trade those moments for anything. anyway if you have any information on the breed it would be much appreciated.  also i was told she was a very rare colour,she was a blue grey,, is that true.

anyway anything you could pass on would be greatly appreciated.

thanks jules 

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  • Hi Julie,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Devon, I can imagine the hole she has left in your household.
    I have not come across a diaphragmatic hernia in my Devon's before so I cant offer any advice myself, sorry. I do not think this is a common issue with Devon's though, probably just bad luck.
    Blue is a lovely colour and not all that uncommon. But they always look so velvety, I think.
    I would definitely encourage you to get another Devon Rex, they are such wonderful cats. Smile.gif
  • hello, so sorry at your recent loss, hadnt or heard of it with devons, until today when read this thread , do so hope that you do decide to have another devon theye such delightful little characters ps an afterthought, wonder whether DHs can be caused by midline spays ? cos our Cupcake did have a hernia after her midline spay couple of years ago, the stitches didnt hold so well, she was so so active too too soon, despite all our efforts, so the othr vets we switched to had to re do her original op, re secure inside stitch, and sometimes she does still have a slight cough, was your girl spayed in this way, just a thought ... but otherwise she is ab okay....
  • hi, thanks for your reply. tonight is the eve before she died so it is hard for me to write this, the vet asked me had she been hit by a car, but as she was an indoor cat i told them not possible, someone mentioned that being sterilized to young could have caused it. i got her when she was 10 weeks old and when i took her for her injections the vet noticed the tatoo in her ear and said she was sterilized. i was a bit shocked as i thought she was a bit young to.
    anyway yes i will definately get another one in the near future, they come in so many different colours, and how come some have blue eyes and some have green. i have posted a picture of our girl curly sue hope you like it.
    thanks again jules

    Nicole said:
    Hi Julie,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Devon, I can imagine the hole she has left in your household.
    I have not come across a diaphragmatic hernia in my Devon's before so I cant offer any advice myself, sorry. I do not think this is a common issue with Devon's though, probably just bad luck.
    Blue is a lovely colour and not all that uncommon. But they always look so velvety, I think.
    I would definitely encourage you to get another Devon Rex, they are such wonderful cats. Smile.gif
  • hi, thanks for your reply, it is the night before she died so it is a bit hard to write this. i was told that if she was sterilized to young that it may have caused it, i got her when she was 10 weeks old and she was sterilized. i always thought they had to be about 3 months old before they could be done. anyway we have definately decided to get another one, but looking at all the colours i think it will be hard to choose they are all so cute. maybe i will have to let the kitten decide if we are the right owners thats how our curly sue came to be with us. it was love at first sight, my son had just come out of hospital and as soon as we looked at her and she started scraping the glass on the cage we new we had to have her. our first day home she fell in the toilet and had to bathed from then on we discovered she would only drink water out of the kitchen tap and used the bowl to dig in (loved the water) anyway i am rambling a bit so thanks again for your reply.hope you like the picture of her.
    thanks jules

    Babs Chiara Bailey said:
    hello, so sorry at your recent loss, hadnt or heard of it with devons, until today when read this thread , do so hope that you do decide to have another devon theye such delightful little characters ps an afterthought, wonder whether DHs can be caused by midline spays ? cos our Cupcake did have a hernia after her midline spay couple of years ago, the stitches didnt hold so well, she was so so active too too soon, despite all our efforts, so the othr vets we switched to had to re do her original op, re secure inside stitch, and sometimes she does still have a slight cough, was your girl spayed in this way, just a thought ... but otherwise she is ab okay....
  • dear julie, I saw the reply - I wonder? it took two diff vets twice to sort out Cupcake when her spay ops went wrong and the inside stitches didnt hold ps this sometimes happens since theres sev sorts of vet sutures, and they never know til they use one for an op if the animal will react against the fabrics of the stitches - you said your girl was spayed so so so young, seems maybe your vets answered this for you, ps in the UK most vets wont spay til about five to six mths our vets hospital also says when and at weight of at least 2.6kgs, otherwise too small, this is for all feline breeds by the way...ps just feel that it couldve been due to the spay, too co incidental, hope this helps you and please do do think about another darling devon, theyre tough little characters and also far stronger than my siamese ( we lost one last month despite the v best of vets care, they do their best but it doesnt always save them, for me can equate with the way that you feel, its sort of a raw inside isnt it? time helps to heal though, best wishes, babs UK
  • Hi Julie,

    A diaphragmatic hernia is a hole in the diaphragma : the "wall" between the thorax (lungs, heart) and abdomen (stomach, liver, etc..).
    It can be congenital, but usually it is seen when the kitten is stil young because he has difficulties to breath, a surgery can be done, but that's quite a delicate surgery !
    It can also be consecutive of a trauma (it's the most usual cause !!)
    It CANNOT be the falt of the sterilization (done on a kitten or on a adult).
    If your cat didn't have any trauma, maybe had she a little (very little) hole from the birth, and this hole get bigger after an jump or ..???
    what ever it's very sad.....
    Best Wishes !
    Delphine

    julie stevens said:
    hi, thanks for your reply. tonight is the eve before she died so it is hard for me to write this, the vet asked me had she been hit by a car, but as she was an indoor cat i told them not possible, someone mentioned that being sterilized to young could have caused it. i got her when she was 10 weeks old and when i took her for her injections the vet noticed the tatoo in her ear and said she was sterilized. i was a bit shocked as i thought she was a bit young to.
    anyway yes i will definately get another one in the near future, they come in so many different colours, and how come some have blue eyes and some have green. i have posted a picture of our girl curly sue hope you like it.
    thanks again jules
  • hi, the vet did ask us if she had a heart murmor the night we took her in, but not that i was aware of, as we brought her from a pet shop with no papers we knew little of her background. i have received a sympathy card from the vet today but i cannot open it as yet, maybe later. i hope she was not suffering in anyway,she always seemed very happy and boistrious. i will definately put photos of the kitten up asap.
    thanks jules

    Delphine - Rivière des Marsouins said:
    Hi Julie,

    A diaphragmatic hernia is a hole in the diaphragma : the "wall" between the thorax (lungs, heart) and abdomen (stomach, liver, etc..).
    It can be congenital, but usually it is seen when the kitten is stil young because he has difficulties to breath, a surgery can be done, but that's quite a delicate surgery !
    It can also be consecutive of a trauma (it's the most usual cause !!)
    It CANNOT be the falt of the sterilization (done on a kitten or on a adult).
    If your cat didn't have any trauma, maybe had she a little (very little) hole from the birth, and this hole get bigger after an jump or ..???
    what ever it's very sad.....
    Best Wishes !
    Delphine

    julie stevens said:
    hi, thanks for your reply. tonight is the eve before she died so it is hard for me to write this, the vet asked me had she been hit by a car, but as she was an indoor cat i told them not possible, someone mentioned that being sterilized to young could have caused it. i got her when she was 10 weeks old and when i took her for her injections the vet noticed the tatoo in her ear and said she was sterilized. i was a bit shocked as i thought she was a bit young to.
    anyway yes i will definately get another one in the near future, they come in so many different colours, and how come some have blue eyes and some have green. i have posted a picture of our girl curly sue hope you like it.
    thanks again jules
  • One of my previous Devon Rex females developed a hernia on the diaphragm at the age of 7. The vet said it most likely was due to poor suturing since she was spayed. She was spayed 3 years earlier.

    Delphine - Rivière des Marsouins said:
    Hi Julie,

    A diaphragmatic hernia is a hole in the diaphragma : the "wall" between the thorax (lungs, heart) and abdomen (stomach, liver, etc..).
    It can be congenital, but usually it is seen when the kitten is stil young because he has difficulties to breath, a surgery can be done, but that's quite a delicate surgery !
    It can also be consecutive of a trauma (it's the most usual cause !!)
    It CANNOT be the falt of the sterilization (done on a kitten or on a adult).
    If your cat didn't have any trauma, maybe had she a little (very little) hole from the birth, and this hole get bigger after an jump or ..???
    what ever it's very sad.....
    Best Wishes !
    Delphine

    julie stevens said:
    hi, thanks for your reply. tonight is the eve before she died so it is hard for me to write this, the vet asked me had she been hit by a car, but as she was an indoor cat i told them not possible, someone mentioned that being sterilized to young could have caused it. i got her when she was 10 weeks old and when i took her for her injections the vet noticed the tatoo in her ear and said she was sterilized. i was a bit shocked as i thought she was a bit young to.
    anyway yes i will definately get another one in the near future, they come in so many different colours, and how come some have blue eyes and some have green. i have posted a picture of our girl curly sue hope you like it.
    thanks again jules
  • Hi Babs

    Coming in very late on this one. My vet will spay/neuter a kitten when it weighs 1kg. My kittens are all de-sexed at about 14 weeks prior to leaving me. He de-sexes for cat charities at 8 weeks of age. The kittens recover from the surgery very rapidly and are bombing around the house the same evening of the op. This procedure ensures that even if I make a mistake and trust someone with one of my kittens who does not have their best interest at heart, at least they will not end up as a breeding machine.

    Ann
    www.nobilero.co.uk

    Babs Chiara Bailey said:
    dear julie, I saw the reply - I wonder? it took two diff vets twice to sort out Cupcake when her spay ops went wrong and the inside stitches didnt hold ps this sometimes happens since theres sev sorts of vet sutures, and they never know til they use one for an op if the animal will react against the fabrics of the stitches - you said your girl was spayed so so so young, seems maybe your vets answered this for you, ps in the UK most vets wont spay til about five to six mths our vets hospital also says when and at weight of at least 2.6kgs, otherwise too small, this is for all feline breeds by the way...ps just feel that it couldve been due to the spay, too co incidental, hope this helps you and please do do think about another darling devon, theyre tough little characters and also far stronger than my siamese ( we lost one last month despite the v best of vets care, they do their best but it doesnt always save them, for me can equate with the way that you feel, its sort of a raw inside isnt it? time helps to heal though, best wishes, babs UK
  • Hello Julie! 

    I was searching the same information about hernia on my dog, but in a fact I got faced that symptoms are the same to human beings and animals. And even advices om this website helped me a lot, hope it will help to your pet too. There are more information about diaphragmatic hernia and the methods of treating.

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